Closure of centers in Brazil

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I read in the newsletter about moving the Compassion centers from the South to the North.  I totally understand why.  But I was wondering how Compassion went about closing the centers in the South?  All of a sudden, hundreds (?) of kids and their families no longer have Compassion to depend on.  Do you gradually reintroduce them into their "former" life without Compassion?  What happens?  What is the process?  
Thanks, Laura
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Laura Evans

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Laura, thank you so much for understanding and for your concern for the children that attend our Child Development Centers in Brazil.  This decision is being made because Brazil has found that there is a greater need for us in Northern Brazil. We trust God to lead us to the places that our help is most needed and look forward to watching Him move and transform more lives and communities in Brazil.

Our Country Director will work with his Area Director in Brazil to prayerfully consider which projects close down as they know the needs of these communities best. Thankfully, these projects are not closing due to conflicts within the church, or not following policies. Because of this, Compassion is aware ahead of time that this transition is happening and it allows our project staff time to meet with the individual families and prepare the children for when their center officially closes down. Please be encouraged that this will not happen abruptly without notice to the children and their families. Often times when Compassion experiences this type of change, the children are able to write final letters to their sponsor's to say goodbye. Please rest assured that Compassion will contact sponsor's to inform them if their child's project is being closed down. Although these children will no longer be able to continue attending the center, our prayer is that our children would take the skills they learned and training they received at the center, and apply them to their lives. Our hope is that they would continue to attend school and church, and grow in their faith and relationship with Christ.

We appreciate your support of our ministry and are grateful for your prayers during this time!
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Hi Emily, Thanks for letting me know the process.  I know that you guys just wouldn't dump them but I was curious how the process worked.  I appreciate your response.  Laura

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